Four more self-immolations in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 26, 2012

The horrific self-immolation earlier this month by a man protesting against living conditions has triggered a wave of copycat acts across Israel.

Last Sunday, Mr Yaakov Mapay, a 47-year-old disabled war veteran, set himself on fire at a bus stop in Yehud, near Tel Aviv.


(Not) working nine to five in the Jewish community

By Abe Appelbaum, July 2, 2012

In the last meeting that I had with my director before leaving for holiday, I was given my bonus and told that I was "flying". Reassured by this news, my wife and I loaded the family on to an aeroplane for our highly anticipated Pesach trip to Israel.


New pro-business party in Israel

By Noga Godein, June 7, 2012

Like many “Anglo-Saxons,” as English-speaking immigrants to Israel are still known, brothers Daniel and Benny Goldstein find Israel a frustrating place to do business.


Social justice protests return to Israel's streets

By Ben Hartman, June 7, 2012

Last summer’s “social justice” protests returned to the streets of Tel Aviv last Saturday night, when 5,000 people marched through the city centre in a renewed call for social change.


Carry on enriching: the Iran talks farce

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 19, 2012

The different views of the outcome of last weekend's talks between the international powers and Iran have already caused a public spat between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama.

Iran's delegation to last Saturday's talks in Istanbul with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (P5+1) refused to discuss the specifics of the demand that they curtail their uranium enric


Save on your water

By Martin Lewis, March 29, 2012

Water regulator Ofwat has announced that bills will jump on 1 April in England and Wales. The average rise will be 5.7 per cent but in one region it's 8.8 per cent. Now is the time to consider switching to a water meter and save £100s.

If you are billed, then what you pay depends roughly on your home's rentable value.


High hopes for Beatty director

By Candice Krieger, March 29, 2012

Balfour Beatty's Peter Zinkin is not a fan of the word "construction" - at least not when referring to the company he has worked in for more than three decades.

The planning and development director prefers to use the term "global infrastructure business." He explains: "We are not just a construction company.


PA officials pocket fifth of West Bank GDP

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

While the Palestinian economy is in a state of "severe fiscal crisis", wages for Palestinian Authority staff eat up a staggering 20 per cent of GDP, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.

The report also points out that international aid has kept the Palestinian welfare state running but has not succeeded in kick-starting the private sector.


Strauss-Kahn not looking for Israel bank job

November 25, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has denied rumours that he and his wife will be making a fresh start in Israel.

After the couple spent last weekend in Israel, French press reported that Mr Strauss-Kahn could be a possible replacement for Stanley Fischer, governor of the Bank of Israel Governor.

But Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Richard Malka, strongly denied the speculation.


The modern science of job-hunting

By Shraga Zaltzman, November 24, 2011

Youth unemployment has reached more than a million – a 15-year high. Earlier this month, the government released the latest in its series of frightening employment statistics, and we are left to consider what is driving these very scary numbers.